Why a Future Centre?
To provide a place in the community where people with smart ideas can make things happen.
It is becoming increasingly apparent that we are undergoing a new revolution. Unlike the industrial, electronic, computer and internet revolutions of the past, the AI revolution will escalate at a pace way beyond anything that we have seen before. We can see this as a threat or an opportunity. New technology can provide the means to empower people in our communities. But most people lack the wherewithal. An intelligent state, city or town can provide shared resources to make it happen.
What is the challenge?
The challenge of technology is coping with rapid change. Technology, despite the promises of the gurus of the 70s and 80s, is increasingly controlled by large companies. People are experiencing increasing levels of stress and feel that they have little control over their destiny. The challenge is to give them control by exploiting the technology itself.
What is a Smart Town?
Smart towns use technology to increase efficiency, share information and improve its citizen's quality of life. Smart towns integrate technology into the way the towns work. The technology improve the lifestyle of the inhabitants, not restrict, control and inhibit them.
What is a Future Centre hub?
The proposal is to build technology hubs which act as catalylsts for technological change at a human level. A hub will be a drop-in centre, a maker space, a coffee shop, a go to place for ideas where you can explore new technology. The Centre will be part of a network of facilities spread across the community.
The Future Centre will be a vertical integrator. Currently our society is very layered. Everyone operates in their own horizontal layer of society. We will benefit from some vertical integration. The Future Centre staff would engage with people at all levels and foster vertical links and collaboration. A kid in school will soon be an innovator, a researcher, a decision-maker or a consumer. Trying out an idea, exploring technology, making things or innovating should not be restricted. Australians have a rich history of invention. We need to keep this culture alive.